CHATHAM TWP. — Frank G. Munz, 73, widely known for his work with the Chatham Historical Society, was killed during a home invasion Thursday, authorities said.
At 2:27 p.m., the Medina County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Munz’s middle-aged nephew, Paul Munz, who had locked himself in a back bedroom of the house at 5394 Richman Road after hearing an argument between his uncle and a neighbor, Stephen Alvis Cepec, according to a tape of the 911 call.
Paul said he heard his uncle shouting and struggling with Cepec, and locked himself in the bedroom. Paul told the dispatcher that Cepec had been “talking to his uncle” and may have borrowed money from Frank two days previously.
After he locked himself in the bedroom, Paul said on the tape he heard someone trying to get in and called police, .
“I thought he was going to break it down but he walked off,” Paul told the dispatcher.
After a sheriff’s sergeant who was on his way home arrived, Paul said he heard someone rifling through the bedroom next door and walking in the hallway, according to a sheriff’s statement.
The sergeant saw an individual flee from the residence, and a police dog was released in pursuit. After a brief chase through the woods behind the house, authorities apprehended Cepec, 41, of 5500 Richman Road, the statement said.
Cepec is being held on a parole violation at the Medina County Jail, Chief Deputy Ken Baca said Friday.
Baca said the sheriff’s Detective Bureau is still investigating and the county prosecutor is reviewing the case.
County Coroner Neil Grabenstetter said Munz had a “noticeable head injury” and “it does so far appear to be a homicide.”
The body was sent to the forensic pathologist in Cleveland for an autopsy, Grabenstetter said.
“(Frank) was well known in the community. It’s a sad day for Chatham,” he said.
Besides being involved with the Chatham Historical Society, Munz served on the township’s board of zoning appeals and the Medina County Planning Commission.
Litchfield and Chatham Township emergency medical crews worked on Munz for an hour, Sheriff Neil Hassinger said at the scene Thursday.
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